Panthers break winning streak in fall to Fox in ‘Huddle Up 4 Heroes’ game


By Stephen Glover
For the Call

The Mehlville Panthers suffered a 50-13 loss at home to Fox last week, after enjoying a two-game winning streak with wins over DeSoto and Hazelwood West.

The loss for the Panthers (2-2) marked the second time this season that Mehlville gave up 300-plus yards rushing as Fox (4-0) pounded out a total of 522 yards on its ground attack.


“We knew up to this point that Fox would be one of the better teams that we would face this year, and they lived up to those expectations,” Mehlville head coach Kent Heinemann said. “We dug ourselves into a hole immediately. And that’s pretty much the story of the game.”

The Warriors struck hard and quick with three touchdown runs by senior Gavin McGinness in the first quarter to give Fox a commanding 20-0 lead. McGinness would accumulate 95 yards rushing on just five carries.

Fox increased its lead to 27-0 on a 7-yard touchdown run by senior Bob Neibert with 7:56 to go in the second quarter. Neibert finished the evening with a whopping 205 yards rushing on 20 carries and two touchdowns.

Mehlville grabbed six points to bring the score to 27-6 as junior quarterback Evan Robertson connected with senior tight end Austin Connelly on a 24-yard touchdown pass with 6 minutes to go in the second quarter.

“It was a really nice play,” Heinemann said.